Cheney High School has been named one of the top 9.3 percent of high schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report.
“It affirms all of our hard work,” said Ray Picicci, an assistant principal of the school.
Picicci said the magazine looked at state student test scores and whether they performed better than what is statistically expected from the average student. If the school performed better than expected, it moved to the second step of the study, which determined whether the school’s least-advantaged students performed better than average compared with similar students in the state. The third step of the study looked at the percentage of students who were college ready.
Picicci said that around 22,000 high schools throughout the nation were compared during this study.
Schools in the 9.3 percentage range were awarded a bronze medal, and only 1,750 schools achieved medal status.
“I was pretty excited about it,” he said.
He said that the culture of the school revolves around “being a Blackhawk,” which is the school’s symbol, and working with students to become productive members of the community.
“We’re serving all students well,” he said.
During the end-of-the-year potluck lunch for staff last Friday, Principal Tom Gresch congratulated the teachers and Picicci brought a cake to celebrate.
Picicci said the school just receives bragging rights because of this recognition, but it certainly does make the school happy to be noticed.
“I’m just very proud,” Gresch said. He said that both the students and staff deserve this recognition for all of their hard work during the year.
“You can be proud of our schools,” Gresch said.